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TURNING THE PAGE: Sisters Caroline Vericker and Mads Vericker gave up their jobs as librarians and opened Heartleaf Books in Providence in September.
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From loaning to owning: Former librarians open community bookstore

Sisters Caroline and Mads Vericker grew up among the dusty stacks of the North Smithfield Public Library, where their grandmother worked as library director. It’s...
HIDDEN TREASURES? Jaclyn “Jackie” Trudel opened Jackie on Broadway consignment and artisan jewelry shop in East Providence in 2022. 
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A consignment shop that offers thrill of the hunt

For Jaclyn “Jackie” ­Trudel, secondhand shopping is a lot like hunting. It’s navigating aisles, rummaging through racks of clothing, scanning every corner for the perfect,...
OPENING DAY: Eddie Keegan, left, chief operating officer, and Joseph Pakuris, co-owner, are ready to welcome customers on opening day at Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket.
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Pawtucket dispensary offers cannabis careers

When Pawtucket-based Mother Earth Wellness Inc. announced it would be expanding into the retail sphere, the interest from prospective employees was enormous, said co-owner...
LOVE OF LITERATURE: Uriah Donnelly, right, realized his dream of owning a bookstore when he and his wife, Janet Moscarello, left, opened arc{hive} book + snackery in Warren in June.
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Used bookstore and bar business building its own community in Warren

For Uriah Donnelly, owning a bookstore had long been a dream. A background in the restaurant industry, which he shares with co-owner and wife...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Syroya ­Eugene, owner of Syroya’s Bakery in North Providence, with a cake she made honoring veterans.
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Feeling the love from baking at Syroya’s

Baking in the middle of the night is not rare for Syroya Eugene. Her days start at 3 a.m. and she spends the next...
DUSTING: Mint Modern Clean LLC owner Cassandra Walz dusts a light fixture at a residence in Bristol.
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Mint Modern gets homes feeling fresh and clean

Cleaning houses began as a therapeutic outlet for Cassandra Walz. That, and a way to make a little extra cash. After the pandemic killed her fledgling...
RHODY PUZZLES: Sam White, left, lead designer, and Jerauld Adams, owner, make puzzles with unique, Rhode Island-inspired designs at their Pawtucket manufacturing company Hope Puzzles LLC.
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Adams turns family pastime into next business venture

Jerauld Adams spent a lot of time poring over puzzles during the early days of the pandemic. Soon after, he decided to turn his newfound...
REFILLING STATION: Debra Cowdin, owner of The ReFill LLC in Newport, started the business to help people cut down on single-use plastic waste by finding ways to reuse and refill those containers.
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New shop in Newport aims to help people reduce, reuse and...

Less than 6% of plastic waste is recycled, with a majority ending up in landfills, according to a report released in May by environmental...

Vintage clothing store cultivates community in East Providence

which is so often the case in this industry,” Olsen said. After a decade of building a business online, Olsen decided to open a brick-and-mortar...
TRANSFORMED SPACE: David MacDonald, owner of CoWork Cumberland LLC, meets with office manager Marybeth Young in the cafe space.
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MacDonald transforms Cumberland child care center into coworking space

David MacDonald had always been fascinated by coworking spaces. But he considered it more of a novelty than a practical venture for his property management...
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